SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Tilley, Lisa (2017) 'Resisting Piratic Method by Doing Research Otherwise.' Sociology, 51 (1). pp. 27-42.

Text - Accepted Version
Download (388kB) | Preview


The reconstruction of sociology into connected sociologies works towards a truly global and plural discipline. But if undoing the overrepresentation of European epistemology in sociology requires a deeper engagement with epistemologies of the South or worlds and knowledges otherwise, how can we ensure that such engagements do not simply reproduce colonial forms of appropriation and domination? Here I consider means of resisting extractive, or ‘piratic’ method in sociology research by drawing lessons from recent debates around geopiracy and biopiracy in geography and the life sciences. The core claim of this article is that any decolonial knowledge production must involve a consideration of the political economy of knowledge – its forms of extraction, points of commodification, how it is refined as intellectual property, and how it comes to alienate participating knowers. Against this I suggest a relearning of method in an anti-piratic way as a means of returning our work to the intellectual commons.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: biopiracy, connected sociologies, decolonial, epistemology, fieldwork methodology, geopiracy, Global South, Indigenous, knowledge, political economy
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 00380385
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Sociology, 51 (1), 2017. pp. 27-42, published by Sage. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2022 13:00
Funders: Other

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item